ICPC 2024
Sun 14 - Sat 20 April 2024 Lisbon, Portugal
co-located with ICSE 2024

Call for Papers

We would like to invite you to submit a tool demonstration paper for the 2024 ICPC Tool Demo Track. This track provides a valuable opportunity for live presentations of prototypes and industry-strength tools.

Tool demonstration papers are expected to describe tools that implement a research approach. The tools are expected to be either mature prototypes or fully developed products ready for commercialization. We also encourage tool demonstration proposals complementing full technical papers. While a technical paper is intended to give the background information and point out the scientific contribution of a new program comprehension approach, the tool demonstration submission provides a unique opportunity to show how the scientific approach has been transferred into a working prototype. Potential authors of the research papers are highly encouraged to submit the corresponding tools in this track. Any of the conference topics of interest are appropriate areas for tool demonstrations.

Format and Submission

Submissions of proposals for tool demonstration must: - Adhere to the conference proceedings format (proceedings style); - Have a maximum of 4 pages that describe the tool and 1 page for references (4+1); - The source code or the binaries of the tool must be publicly available (e.g., on Github, Zenodo, Figshare) or hosted on the tool’s website; - Optionally, you can include in the abstract the URL of a 3-to-5 minute video screencast, either with annotations or voice-over, that provides a concise version of the tool demo scenario. The video should be posted on YouTube, or hosted on the tool’s website.

Submissions must conform to the official “ACM Primary Article Template”, as can be obtained from the ACM Proceedings Template page. LaTeX users should use the sigconf option, as well as the review (to produce line numbers for easy reference by the reviewers) and anonymous (omitting author names) options. To that end, the following LaTeX code can be placed at the start of the LaTeX document:


  • Submissions must strictly conform to the ACM conference proceedings formatting instructions specified above. Alterations of spacing, font size, and other changes that deviate from the instructions may result in desk rejection without further review.
  • By submitting to the ICPC 2024 Tool Demo Track, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree to be bound by the [ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism] and the [IEEE Plagiarism FAQ]. Papers submitted to ICPC 2024 Tool Demo Track must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere whilst under consideration for ICPC 2024 Tool Demo Track. Contravention of this concurrent submission policy will be deemed a serious breach of scientific ethics, and appropriate action will be taken in all such cases. To check for double submission and plagiarism issues, the chairs reserve the right to (1) share the list of submissions with the PC Chairs of other conferences with overlapping review periods and (2) use external plagiarism detection software, under contract to the ACM or IEEE, to detect violations of these policies.
  • By submitting your article to an ACM Publication, you are hereby acknowledging that you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects. Alleged violations of this policy or any ACM Publications Policy will be investigated by ACM and may result in a full retraction of your paper, in addition to other potential penalties, as per ACM Publications Policy.
  • Please ensure that you and your co-authors obtain an ORCID ID, so you can complete the publishing process for your accepted paper. ACM has been involved in ORCID from the start and we have recently made a commitment to collect ORCID IDs from all of our published authors. The collection process has started and will roll out as a requirement throughout 2022. We are committed to improve author discoverability, ensure proper attribution and contribute to ongoing community efforts around name normalization; your ORCID ID will help in these efforts.

Submissions to the Tool Demonstration Track that meet the above requirements can be made via the ICPC Tool Demo submission site by the submission deadline. Please, note that the Tool Demonstration Track will NOT follow a double-anonymous review process. The authors should not anonymize their papers and tools.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the Tool Demo Program Committee. The committee will review each submission to assess the relevance and quality of the proposed tool demonstration. Submissions should describe the tool (including snapshot and technical details), explain its relevance to program comprehension and the foundations upon which it is based, discuss its level of maturity, and the (expected) adoption and impact.

Publication and Presentation

Upon notification of acceptance, all authors of accepted papers will receive further instructions for preparing their camera-ready versions. At least one author of the paper must complete full registration and present the paper in person; otherwise the paper will be excluded from both the program and the proceedings. More details on the presentations will follow the notifications. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings. The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM or IEEE Digital Libraries. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2024. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. Purchases of additional pages in the proceedings are not allowed.